Cascade (Peter Murphy album)

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Cascade
Cascade (Peter Murphy album).jpg
Studio album by Peter Murphy
Released 11 April 1995
Recorded Recorded at El Cortijo Studios, Andalusia, Spain, Mayfair Studios, London, England.
Genre Alternative rock, gothic rock, electronic
Length 52:49
Label Atlantic, Beggars Banquet
Producer Pascal Gabriel
Peter Murphy chronology
Holy Smoke
(1992)
Cascade
(1995)
Dust
(2002)
Singles from Peter Murphy
  1. "The Scarlet Thing in You"
    Released: 1995

Cascade is the fifth studio album by English musician Peter Murphy. It was released on 11 April 1995, through Atlantic and Beggars Banquet Records. Produced by Pascal Gabriel, it is Murphy's last album on Beggars Banquet and first album not to feature his backing band, The Hundred Men, which disbanded after Holy Smoke tour.[1]

Murphy embarked a five-week joint North American tour in 1995 with American singer Jewel in support of Cascade and Jewel's debut album, Pieces of You.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Ned Raggett of Allmusic was positive in his assessment of the album. Raggett wrote: "Another step further up in Murphy's continuing embrace of generally positive, inspiring work, Cascade shows him once again not repeating himself." He also stated: "With a slightly quirky Statham keyboard loop starting things out, it develops from a minimal vocal/electric guitar combination into a huge, skybound declaration of love and devotion. It's Murphy at his most commanding and passionate, and the band's brilliant performance doesn't let up a jot."[1] Nevertheless, the album was panned by CMJ reviewer Chris Molanphy, who described the album as "the sort of stuff MTV used to play after midnight five years ago – groovy, inoffensive, unfashionable and kinda stupid."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Paul Statham and Peter Murphy except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mirror to My Woman's Mind"   5:34
2. "Subway"   4:37
3. "Gliding Like a Whale"   4:24
4. "Disappearing" Murphy 4:54
5. "Mercy Rain"   3:43
6. "I'll Fall with Your Knife"   4:31
7. "The Scarlet Thing in You"   4:24
8. "Sails Wave Goodbye"   4:44
9. "Wild Birds Flock to Me"   3:48
10. "Huuvola"   5:54
11. "Cascade"   6:08
Total length: 52:49

Personnel[edit]

  • Peter Murphy – vocals, lyrics, cover concept
Additional musicians
Other personnel
  • Pascal Gabriel – production, programming
  • Pete Schwier – mixing, engineering
  • Shamil Agun – cover art
  • Sevil Sert – photography
  • Eric Tims – photography
  • Stephen Webbon – design

Chart positions[edit]

Album
Charts (1995) Peak
position
CMJ Top 75[4] 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Raggett, Ned. "Peter Murphy - Cascade". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Newsmakers". Billboard. 107 (37): 89. September 1995. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  3. ^ Molanphy, Chris (May 1995). "Peter Murphy - Cascade". CMJ (21): 37. ISSN 1074-6978. 
  4. ^ "CMJ Top 75 Alternative Radio Airplay" (24). August 1995: 54. ISSN 1074-6978. 

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